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RDA News & Notes

Category: Awards

Spotlight Prize: Pezo von Ellrichshausen

RDA’s fourth annual Spotlight Award is being given to the Chilean firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen. The international award, which recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional careers, carries a cash prize and invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Led by Sofia von Ellrichshausen and Mauricio Pezo, Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio that focuses largely on the power of geometric form, volumetric experiments, and conceptual simplicity.

Spotlight Committee Member and Harry K. & Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture at Rice University John Casbarian said, “I was struck by the power of their bold abstract compositional forms which exist simultaneously in harmony and in contrast with the context. This tension, coupled with the inventive use of stark materials underscores the visual impact of their unique and simply stunning architecture.”

Founded in Concepción in 2002, the firm has been awarded at the IberoAmerican Biennial, the Chilean Architecture Biennial, and at The AR Awards for Emerging Architecture, among others. They teach regularly in Chile and have been visiting professors at universities in New York and Texas.

The public is invited to hear Pezo von Ellrichshausen lecture on Monday, November 12, 2012 at The MFA,H.

DATE: Monday, November 12, 2012
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m. Reception is sponsored D.E. Harvey Builders. Please note that the reception will take place in the Beck Building across the street).
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet.
Additional parking is available until 7 p.m. for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are not for sale yet but they will be $25 at the door, also those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distribute on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

This event is made possible by support from: A & E – The Graphics Complex, Abel Design Group, Behringer Harvard, D. E. Harvey Builders, Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc., Mary Haus and Willard Holmes, Lonnie Hoogeboom and Betsy Strauch, Paradigm Consultants, Inc., Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc., TDIndustries, Inc., Transwestern, Turner Construction Company, Walter P Moore, the Corporate Members if the Rice Design Alliance, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas of Commission on the Arts.

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Spotlight Award: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects

What: Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize

Who: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects

When: Monday, November 12, 7 pm (Please join us at 6 pm for a complimentary wine reception)

Where: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Tickets: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

This year’s prize winners from Concepcion, Chile will discuss their work. Spotlight Prize honorees must be within their first 15 years of professional practice, and are selected for their design excellence and promise of a great design future.

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Initiatives For Houston 2012: RDA Grants Program Open!

RDA is pleased to announce its thirteenth annual grants program for students and faculty of the Rice School of Architecture, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, the College of Architecture at Prairie View, and the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University.

RDA will make separate awards of up to $5,000 each to a student and a faculty winners.

The Initiatives for Houston grants program focuses on Houston’s built environment, its history, present condition, and future development. A variety of regional projects will be considered, including historic research, speculative studies and projects, problem solving and planning projects, and studies that document the conditions of the city and its architecture. Proposals will be evaluated in terms of their potential for making a significant contribution to our understanding of the city and/or the region.

Projects must describe a dissemination component, which may be in the form of a paper or manuscript, exhibit, or a video or other presentation. In addition, the results of the project may be presented by the grantees in a public lecture or published in the Rice Design Alliance journal, Cite. Awards of up to $5,000 are available for projects to be completed in one year. More than one proposal in each category, student or faculty, may be funded. Past award-winning proposals are available for review in the architecture libraries of the participating schools.

The total application must include:
• A completed application. Click here for application directions.
• A written proposal for the project (one to three pages), describing goals, expected outcomes, work plan, and schedule for the project, and a discussion of its significance. Applicants also should describe past work in the area of the proposed research.
• Resume for each participant
• Students will need a faculty advisor and a letter of support.
• A project budget (equipment such as computers, digital cameras, etc. may not be included)

Applications will be due March 26, 2012. Please mail application and supporting materials to:
Rice University
Rice Design Alliance MS-51
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

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RDA Wins AIA National Collaborative Achievement Award!

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The Rice Design Alliance is pleased to announce that it is the winner of a 2012 AIA Collaborative Achievement Award for excellence in the categories of Research, Dissemination, and Education. RDA is one of two organizations to win the national award, which is given by the American Institute of Architects to recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

 

Compiling information for the award submission, which resulted in an impressive document detailing nearly 40 years of RDA’s programming and contributions to the Houston region, was itself an act of collaboration among board members and staff. “I am thrilled for RDA to win this National AIA award,” said past RDA President Kimberly Hickson who spearheaded the submission process. “When compiling the entry, I was in awe of the impact this organization has had on Houston and the surrounding community. The past is only a beginning to great things to come!”

The five-member jury included Kevin J. Flynn, FAIA, Chair Kiku Obata & Company, Saint Louis; James Logan Abell, FAIA, Abell & Associates Architects, Ltd., Tempe, Arizona; David Burney, FAIA, NYC Department of Design & Construction, Long Island City; Vergel Lee Gay Jr., AIA, Texas A & M, College Station, Texas; and Curtis J. Moody, FAIA, Moody Nolan, Inc., Columbus, Ohio. One member commented that RDA was “an excellent program that raises consciousness about architecture and urban design. It is certainly worthy of recognition and has won many awards since its inception in 1972.”

In addition to praise bestowed by the jury, Raymond Brochstein, former president of the custom millwork company Brochsteins noted “RDA has educated Houstonians about architects and architecture through lectures and tours, instigated and nurtured some landmark urban improvement projects, and made public and private decision makers aware that good design matters!”As RDA moves into its 40th year as an organization, it is now more than ever ready to embrace its values of educating, engaging, and impacting the Houston community around issues concerning the built environment—which the AIA award well recognizes.

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2011 Initiatives for Houston Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winners of the twelfth annual “Initiatives for Houston” grant program, which funds research, study, and problem-solving around Houston’s built environment. From making Houston’s public infrastructure more interconnected to creating an emergency shelter, this year’s winners focused on projects that seek to improve the conditions of the city. Proposal titles include “Thick Infrastructure” submitted by Susan Rogers, Assistant Professor of Architecture at University of Houston and Director of Community Design Resource Center; “Howard Barnstone Architect: Publication & Online Digital Access” by Architectural Historian Stephen Fox and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Houston Michelangelo Sabatino; and “Emergency Core” by Rice architecture students Peter Stone and Kelly Barlow.

This year’s jury members included Craig Minor, Principal, Minor Design; Wendy Heger, Assistant Director for Planning & Facilities, Houston Public Library; Laura Bellows, Chairman of the Board, W. S. Bellows Construction Corp; Scott Minnix, Director, City of Houston General Services Department; and David Tsai, industrial designer and current Artist In Residence at Houston Community College. The jury, who assessed the proposals based on their potential to contribute to the understanding and betterment of Houston, were very impressed with this year’s projects. “Initiatives for Houston Grants Program consistently draws a very high caliber of proposals and once again the jury was faced with the challenging task of selecting between a collection of very strong and viable submissions. The best part of the process is realizing that in the end, the real winner is the City of Houston and the potential impact the award winners could make on our city,” says jury member Craig Minor.

The project “Thick Infrastructure” by Susan Rogers seeks to create interconnected infrastructural landscapes in the city. By adapting existing infrastructure for additional programs and functions and including public and civic amenities in current public works projects, Rogers’ project seeks to “thicken” the current state of infrastructure, re-thinking and intervening in the existing city landscape. Awarded $5,000, Rogers hopes to document and develop programming strategies for existing infrastructural systems, produce an exhibit to showcase these findings, and finally, publish the findings.

Awarded $2,500, “Howard Barnstone Architect: Publication & Online Digital Access” seeks to digitally reproduce architectural drawings, photographs, and other images in the Howard Barnstone Collection of the Houston Public Library’s Houston Metropolitan Research Center. While the project focuses on the particular works of Barnstone, Stephen Fox and Michelangelo Sabatino hope that this initiative will document conditions prevailing in Houston from the1940s through the 1980s as well as the architecture produced during that period. The public will be provided online access to the collection.

Peter Stone and Kelly Barlow’s initiative “Emergency Core,” which also received $2,500, seeks to construct a disaster relief prototype to showcase the feasibility of a core-based relief unit for the region. Stone and Barlow hope that the construction of such a unit can be quantitatively compared and analyzed alongside existing options, as well as serve as an outreach tool on the Rice campus, ultimately creating a sustainable, livable, and affordable alternative to current relief shelter options.

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Grace La and James Dallman

RDA – Spotlight Award Winners: LA DALLMAN

RDA’s third annual Spotlight Award is being given to partners Grace La and James Dallman of the firm, LA DALLMAN. The international award, which recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional careers, carries a cash prize and invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. LA DALLMAN is the first United States practice to receive the prize, which was previously awarded to acclaimed architects Antón García-Abril of Spain and Sou Fujimoto of Japan.

Based in Milwaukee, LA DALLMAN is responsible for such innovative projects as ; the Miller Brewing Employee Meeting Center; the Marsupial Bridge,; the UWM Hillel Student Center; the “City of Freshwater and Great Lakes Future” permanent exhibits at Discovery World; among countless others. Led by James Dallman and Grace La, LA DALLMAN has been awarded over 30 professional honors since its inception in 1999., LA DALLMAN was named a 2010 Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and was a recipient of the national 2007 Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal.

Spotlight committee member and architecture professor at the University of Houston Rafael Longoria says, “La and Dallman are great examples for architects in Houston. They have advanced a form of strategic sustainability that goes beyond a checklist of best practices, and towards the integration of architecture and landscape. Their projects represent a diverse range from insertions within the urban fabric, to public space and infrastructure—offering a leading example of urban recycling and sensitivity to context. It is inspirational to see the quality of work being produced by a design-intensive practice in the U.S. Midwest.”

The public is invited to hear LA DALLMAN lecture on September 7, 2011 at The MFA,H.

DATE: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m.)
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet. Additional parking is available until 7 pm for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at
6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

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Grace La and James Dallman

Spotlight Award Winners: LA DALLMAN

RDA’s third annual Spotlight Award is being given to partners Grace La and James Dallman of the firm, LA DALLMAN. The international award, which recognizes exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional careers, carries a cash prize and invitation to lecture at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. LA DALLMAN is the first United States practice to receive the prize, which was previously awarded to acclaimed architects Antón García-Abril of Spain and Sou Fujimoto of Japan.

Based in Milwaukee, LA DALLMAN is responsible for such innovative projects as the Miller Brewing Employee Meeting Center; the Marsupial Bridge; the UWM Hillel Student Center; the “City of Freshwater and Great Lakes Future” permanent exhibits at Discovery World; among countless others. Led by James Dallman and Grace La, LA DALLMAN has been awarded over 30 professional honors since its inception in 1999., LA DALLMAN was named a 2010 Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York and was a recipient of the national 2007 Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal. In addition to their design practice, Grace is Associate Professor at the University of Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning where James is Adjunct Professor. The couple are also currently appointed Design Critics in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Spotlight committee member and architecture professor at the University of Houston Rafael Longoria says, “La and Dallman are great examples for architects in Houston. They have advanced a form of strategic sustainability that goes beyond a checklist of best practices, and towards the integration of architecture and landscape. Their projects represent a diverse range from insertions within the urban fabric, to public space and infrastructure—offering a leading example of urban recycling and sensitivity to context. It is inspirational to see the quality of work being produced by a design-intensive practice in the U.S. Midwest.”

The public is invited to hear LA DALLMAN lecture on September 7, 2011 at The MFA,H.

DATE: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (pre-lecture wine reception begins at 6 p.m.)
PLACE: Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet. Additional parking is available until 7 pm for $6 in the museum garage located at the corner of Binz and Fannin Streets.
TICKETS: This event is free for RDA Members and students presenting identification. Tickets for non-members are $25, but those who join RDA that evening will receive a free ticket. Tickets are required for entry and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at
6 p.m. the evening of the lecture. Seating is limited; attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

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Spotlight: The RDA Prize

RDA has created a new award to recognize exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their career. Spotlight: The Rice Design Alliance Prize will be awarded annually along with a monetary prize. The inaugural Spotlight Prize was given to Antón García-Abril, founder of Ensamble Studio/Materia Inorgáncia in Madrid, Spain.

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